Real World Gardener Gardens Fit For a Magazine

June 14th, 2018


Steve's Garden On Show

Have you ever wondered how gardens are chosen to feature in gardening magazines?

Well, it all starts with a photo.


Steve's Garden photo Brent Wilson

Perhaps you’ve sent in a photo of your garden to a magazine editor hoping that they would think it worthy enough to come around and photograph?

If you haven’t, and you have such a garden, then it may just be timely to start taking photos, then choosing some of the best ones to send in.

RWG contributor from the Plant Doctor segment did just that.

Let’s find out how it came about.

I'm talking withSteve Falcioni General Manager of

PLAY: Steves Garden_ 6th June 2018


Steve has a rooftop garden in the inner city of a major city, so it’s subject to many plant unfriendly conditions like strong winds, blazing sun or cold hard shade.

Over time time with the correct plant choices, and possibly some bad ways along the way that got turfed, Steve managed to create a suburban oasis.


Steve Falcioni’s rooftop garden shows he’s mastered the art of gardening on concrete (Photo credit – Brent Wilson for ABC Gardening Australia magazine)

Steve mentioned Aptinia cordifolia, Ficus pumila. Tracheospermum asiaticum, as ground covers to protect the potted plants behind. 

When asked if Steve ever grew Dichondra repens " Silver Falls," he said that because it went " off" ( looked tatty) during the winter months, it wasn't appealing enough to keep.

There are also indoor plants featured in this garden in a light filled apartment.

If you have any questions either for me or Steve, you can email us or write in to 2rrr, PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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